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two police officers hurt this morning after a crash with a stolen car filled with teenagers. good morning and welcome to news channel 8 today. i'm gayle guyardo. >> and i'm gene ramirez. it happened right after midnight at central avenue and 45th street in st. pete. investigators believe the stolen car was speeding when it crashed into an undercover police truck carrying two officers that were part of the auto theft task force. news channel 8's josh thomas joins us now live from the scene. josh, what are detectives saying about the crash and injuries? >> reporter: well, right now,
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as you can see be behind me here, crime scene investigators are still on the scene. you can see the vehicle involved in the crash. the officer, one from tampa and one from st. petersburg were out looking for stolen cars as part of the auto theft task force. they were tracking down -- actually traveling down central avenue when they were t-boned at 54th street north. as it turns out, the car that hit them had been stolen but they were not actually looking for that vehicle. there were six people in the vehicle, four females and two males ages 15 to 25 years old. >> there is no ring. and you just got a bunch of kids that think it's a cool thing to do. so everybody thinks, okay, let's go out and see if we can find a car. >> reporter: now the 25-year-
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hospital. the two officers who were involved are bruised but they are in stable condition and we should note that central avenue as you can see behind me here is closed and will probably remain closed for another hour leslee -- >> thank you, josh. crash out there. crunched up vehicle and as josh said, central avenue is closed. this is in st. pete. here's what you need to know traffic-wise. this is outside of downtown. it's also very west of u.s. 19. but this is where the problem is, central avenue at 54th street. just no the north, you have 1st avenue north and 1st avenue south and they are excellent alternates. meanwhile, we have a good drive in downtown tampa. and this is near i-75, looks good near 75 and on the howard franklin bridge. it's only going to take you about six minutes across the bridge. leigh, how is the weather
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we do have rain but especially for driver, it's going to be darker way late they are morning. sunrise and sunset time, we're not going to see the sunrise until 7:40 this morning. keep that in mind, it will still be dark but lighter when you come home from work today. about 7:38 is the sunset time. showers, more overnight and more to come in next few hours. let me show you this here. at 6:00 a.m., just spotty showers. at 7:00 a.m., showers coming off the gulf of mexico. when you get under one of these showers, they won't last long but notice i'm keeping them in the forecast, 8:00, 9:00, 10:00 this morning pushing into polk county and after noon, i taper the chances down. 70s. it's a warm start to the day. and in weather and traffic on by-hour through the forecast. >> thank you. the tragic death of a
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hillsborough county deputy in the line of duty. today we are expecting to hear from colleagues of the deputy killed in a wrong-way crash. >> the driver who caused the crash also died. as news channel 8 reports, many are asking what more can be done to prevent the epidemic of wrong-way crashes and deaths. >> reporter: good morning to you. i spoke with the deputy on sunday and she told me the talk around the sheriff's office is, it was only a matter of time. these deputies patrol 24/7. the very same roadways where these motors are driving the -- motorists are driving the wrong way. flashing lights and barricade, it would be very difficult, almost impossible not to notice that the selmon expressway ramp is closed to westbound traffic. just like it was early saturday morning. despite these warnings,
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could have driven up this exit ramp. we reversed this video to show you the path he could have took. >> it could have been his car. it could have been anyone elses a car. >> reporter: at that time of night, it's possible the deputy didn't spot the wrong-way driver until it was too late. this is the second wrong-way incident this week alone. earlier this week, a 21-year- old was spotted driving the wrong way on 301. >> this guy is on the other side of the road. he's going to cause a head-on collision. >> there's a car, i'm a few cars away from him but i can see that he almost hit somebody head-on. >> reporter: deputies were able to stop the driver with stop sticks and a pit maneuver before anyone was injured. in the last eight years alone, 57 wrong-way crashes have happened in the area. with all of the warning signs and signals up and running at the time of this crash, what else can be done to stop this problem? we don't know if this crash was
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alcohol related but the sheriff believes drivers on the whole need to be more responsible. >> you can do all the engineering things in the world but if we don't have responsible drivers behind the wheel, these things are going to happen. >> reporter: the sheriff's office released a statement saying, it's not releasing any other information regarding the crash at this time. and deputies are currently working with the family on funeral arrangements. in tampa, news channel 8. >> chip, thanks. in your vote, a huge week in the race for the white house and florida plays a very big role. tomorrow is our state primary. now it could be make or break for some of the candidates here. today, donald trump will make his case in tampa. he is holding a rally and it begins at 2:00 this afternoon. over the weekend, trump campaign in boca raton where hundreds of supporters packed the room, a volunteer explains
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why the business man appeals to her. >> he is a brilliant business man. he is a native born to america. he loves the country. he is the american dream. he is totally in it for the country. he is taking a break from his billing his empire to rebuild the american empire. >> well, of course not everyone greece you may have seen the violence at trump campaign events over the weekend like this here in dayton, ohio. secret service jumping into action when a man tries to storm the stage. and in kansas city, police arrested several demonstrators there. trump opponents blame the gop account for dividing americans. >> responsible starts at the top. and it is not beneficial when you have a candidate like donald trump telling supporter, punch that guy in the face. >> well, an nbc news wall street journal shows trump with a two-to-one advantage over our senator marco rubio here in florida. according to the same poll,
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senator rubio is just one point ahead of ted cruz in third place. but senator rubio is campaigning as the only candidate who can beat donald trump in florida's primary on tuesday. senator rubio is crisscrossing the state in hopes of winning votes. today he will stop in jacksonville, melbourne, west palm beach and miami. on the democratic side, hillary rodham clinton is leading big in florida. clinton leads senator bernie sanders by 27 points. 61% to 34%. florida's primary is this tuesday, that's tomorrow. so head to wfla.com for everything you know to vote including links to check your voting status and find your polling place. it's in the don't miss it section. all right, the time right now is 4:08 on this monday morning. and i'm still feeling the time change, leigh. >> yes, and we will feel it more come about 7:30 when it's still dark outside. and there's spotty light showers this morning. we had more rain overnight.
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some showers into the next couple hours. notice, that's about a 20% chance, 8:00, 9:00, 10:00, even until lunchtime. after that, tapering the rain chances down, leaving it partly cloudy. we hit about 80 degrees at 3:00, 4:00. and it's going to be breezy as well. so that's topping the headlines. the rain that's mostly this morning. we are still going to be near 80 every day this week but into the weekend, the rain chances go back up. so today we're at 80. tomorrow, 81. and then 80 wednesday, thursday and friday. the 8s. we know we have one big issue. >> certainly do. injury accident that involved the police vehicles and we have been following the breaking news. i am going to keep you updated. if you are used to commuting in downtown st. pete, downtown looks really good. there's still some track issues from the grand prix but central avenue at 5 4th street, this is where the crash is located and all of central
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avenue is completely blocked at 54th street. what you need to remember, 1st avenue north and 1st avenue south, they are exleapt alternates to centrala. let's take a live look at traffic. here's 275 at roosevelt boulevard, traffic looks very good in the area. not seeing any delays at all. and we have a great drive on the courtney campbell causeway and the gandy bridge is up to speed as well. and now i want to talk about road closures. this morning, a major road project that gets underway today. it's happening along u.s. 41. and crews will close the highway near crenshaw lake road. some people are worried that it will double the commute time. and residents are afraid that the traffic delays will become a safety issue. >> that impact with that the traffic on those road, there's kids, vehicles, safety, police, all those, the delay in time is going to hurt someone.
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>> u.s. 4041 is expected to be closed for about two weeks. you will want to keep that in mind. that's a look at weather and traffic on the 8s. back the to gene and gayle. >> thank you. a sports spoiler. someone leaked the ncaa tournament bracket online ahead of the official release. >> what the ncaa is now doing to get to the bottom of this disaster. and a bay area coffee shop that offers more than the morning pick-me-up. how the store is also making a fashion statement. but first, deadly flooding in the south. you're watching news channel 8
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red cross volunteers from florida are headed to louisiana to help thousands of people dealing with devastating flooding and things could get worse. more rain is expected. already the rain is blamed for flooding in louisiana, texas, mississippi and tennessee. one community is completely cut off by the flooding. the only way in and out is by boat or helicopter. >> we lost tractor, car, truck, two storage building, everything under the barn is gone. >> at least six deaths are blamed on the flooding. storms packing high winds
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are blamed for killing one person in the state of washington. it happened when a large tree fell on an suv. the driver died. a toddler was in the backseat and survived with only minor injuries. well, this morning two people are under arrest in the shooting death of a police officer in maryland. a 28-year-old was shot outside police department headquarters in landover, just outside of washington, d.c. the police chief is calling the shooting a, quote, unprovoked attack on their police station. he was a fur-year veteran of the department. -- was a four-year veteran of a department. this morning, the united states is condemning an attack. more than 100 others were hurt. no one is claiming responsibility but turkey be to blame. it's 4:15. the ncaa is investigating a
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names were officially became public. the bracket is a closely guarded secret with the 68 teams and match-ups not being revealed until the televised special. south carolina's coach claims he received a phone call that the gamecocks were not on the bracket before it was announced on tv. ouch. now an 8 on your side consumer alert. nissan is recalling more than 47,000 electric leafs in the u.s. and canada over a potential brake problems. transportation safety demonstration claims cold weather can prevent brakes from working properly. they still work but are harder to use. dealers will reprogram the software on the 2013, 2014, and yeah, he wanted to control his own destiny so he created his own clothing line and now as news channel 8's josh thomas
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>> reporter: the blind tigers is an off-shoot that started as another business, a store that sold a lot of clothing called black and denim. >> we wanted to add a coffee bar because that would create our own. >> reporter: he and his two business partners had no idea how the concept would take off. >> they're like, oh, i don't know how that would work and when he step in, they automatically get how the clothing style and the brands compliment the brand that we have for our own coffee. >> on the bar. >> reporter: the shop is now known as much for the coffee as it is for the clothing. >> it's not like a big box starbucks operation. there's a lot of indie stuff going on. >> reporter: in fact, it's garnered national attention. the blind takinger and the black and denim brand were recently featured on msnbc. >> it was amazing. i think that the opportunity
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allows in a small business is paramount. we develop an opportunity to connect with people we already as customers and band new customers. >> reporter: business is so good, they have opened a second store. in tampa, josh thomas, news channel 8. >> expanding already. he credits the business' initial success to word of mouth but the national exposure is only helping the business grow even more. i guess you don't have to mind that the shirts might smell like coffee. >> yeah, that's a good thing. >> a perfect morning shirt, leigh. >> exactly. all right, this morning, already actually seeing a couple of light showers. let me zoom in. we had heavy rain overnight, i mean sprinkles all we're seeing in citrus, nancy reagan and pasco. but more rain offshore at the moment. and that's why i'm going to keep rain in the forecast for the first half of the day. and remember at 7:00 a.m., it's actually going to be dark.
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something to think about. 70 degrees with a 20% rain chance. slim 10% rain chance by noon and less toward 4:00 p.m. it's going to be warm and breezy with a high of 80 degrees. outside right now, it's warm. 70 in lakeland. 68 in wimauma. 72 in bradenton. the forecast going forward, this takes you to about 9:20. a quick passing shower is possible. if you get under a shower, it won't last long but it will stay around our area through lunchtime. during the afternoon, partly cloudy and warm. issue. not rain but some patchy morning fog is a possibility. and then during the afternoon, yes, lots of sunshine for most of us but there may still be sea fog that hangs along the coast all day tomorrow. and notice 80, 81 and on st. patrick's, looking good at 80. 8s. all right, well take a look out here. we have a lot going on. i want to talk about a good
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drive through ybor city and also on the veterans expressway. no delays there. let's talk about the sun coast area. and the st. pete area. first of all, in st. pete, just outside of downtown, west of u.s. 19, central avenue is closed both directions here at 54th street. how do you get around it? well, what you can do, the great thing about central avenue, to the north, you have 1st avenue north and 1st avenue south. you can take either one. and that accident involves injuries. all lanes closed central avenue at 5 4th street. and issues in sarasota. university blocked completely under i-75. that is due to construction. take fruitville instead. that's a look at weather and traffic on the 8s. back to gene and gayle. >> thank you. a florida theme park is celebrating a big anniversary with big changes. >> what legoland is playing. and a laundry list of health problems caused by a massive gas leak. up next, the new instructions coming from doctors.
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and guess what today is. it's national pi day. not the cherry kind, the mathematical kind but you can score some serious pizza. connect with me on facebook and twitter. and tell me where you get your
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a gas leak in los angeles is giving residents in one community serious health problems. really this woman has rashes all over her body.
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have headache, nausea and rashes. just look at hers. it leaked 100-tons of gas in the air. but it was supposed to be capped. now doctors are telling residents they need to move out. we are waiting on the u.s. department of transportation to release the march travel report card. this includes tarmac times as well as consumer complaints. will american airlines and delta's report cards be fridge worthy again? they both scored as last year. their fifth anniversary is coming up and big plans are in the works. legoland florida is planning the largest expansion in history. five announcements are set to be made on tuesday. the fifth anniversary is in october. can't believe it's been five years. >> yeah. weather and traffic on the 8s is three minutes away. >> plus, it's tax time. new in the next half hour, the recent some are willing to wait
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government. and two police officers hit by a stolen car. we are on top of breaking news this morning. causing.
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> it is 4:28, that means, of course it is time for weather sunday. one more time, emoji man is going to remind you to set the clocks forward this weekend. this weekend. so when you send the kids to the bus stop it is dark. 80 this afternoon. and warm and breezy. 20% rain chance today and dry for the rest of the week. leslieerse traffic on the 8s. we have overnight construction affecting the roadway.
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you cannot take it to cross underneath the interstate there. it is part of the diverging intersection they are creating there. you want to take fruitville road insect. and central avenue is closed both directions as well. at that time it cost approximately $180 for 10 shots. the latest refill was $14.700 for the same 10 vials and the company is called valeant pharmaceuticals. i'm going after them. this is predatory pricing and we're going to make sure it is stopped. i'm hillary clinton and i
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good monday morning. welcome to news channel 8 today. >> we begin with breaking news. law enforcement officers injured in a crash. this is the second time in three days this has happened. right now a tampa police officer and a st. pete police officer are in the hospital. this a live picture from the scene at central avenue and 54th street in st. pete. astolen car full of teens hit an undercover truck with the officers inside. investigators are saying some of the teens were hurt. some officer's injuries are, he

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